Dear Editor:

The Higgs Boson particle, labelled the God particle by some, is a recent breakthrough in physics that fascinates me.

We know the physical world is composed of matter and mass. The Higgs Boson is a very short-lived particle that is created when photons collide at almost the speed of light; theory tells us that this particle is what gives matter mass.

The suggested discovery of the Higgs Boson implies that without this particle, there would be no visible universe. This is what fascinates me. What are we? Take away mass, and we are reduced to energy.

Imagine, for a minute, how the world works on this level of existence: we might be interacting with our environment including all beings in this world.

Imagine that the bodies we occupy are barriers to a much more direct and interactive experience with each other. (Im not sure that without bodies wed be individual entities, so maybe this is a moot point.) However, Im excited about the idea that we may be so inter-connected on a subatomic level, that we truly are one.

Im totally aware that this has been postulated for centuries by philosophers, but I love it that science may be on the verge of providing proof.

I welcome the responsibility this brings to our lives for each other and the world in which we live. Im thrilled with the possibilities of our evolution, of what we might become, knowing that the visible world is actually limiting our potential to exert our collective influence on achieving much greater things.

This kind of progress applies to all of mankind, in peace of course, recognizing our oneness, and acting upon that premise.

This may seem like a leap, and maybe it is but its what Ive been thinking about since the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

Richard Unger

Invermere